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Wellbeing and Financial Support

Find information about all wellbeing services and financial support.

Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Team can help with support and advice on a range of financial issues.

NHS Learning Support Fund

Direct entry students starting and continuing their course from 1 September 2020 onwards can apply for NHS LSF if they’re on one of the following pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate courses:

If your course is not listed above, please email HSC Placements.

Support for Social Work Students

Please note that Social Work and all apprenticeship students are not eligible to apply for NHS LSF. Please refer to the NHS LSF website for further information and to apply for funding.

Social Work Placement Travel arrangements and additional costs

Students eligible for the NHS bursary as stipulated by the NHS Business Services Authority: The Social Work Bursary includes a contribution towards your placement travel costs as stipulated on the NHSBSA website. Travel to and from home to the placement and incidental expenses (e.g. parking) should be covered by the travel expenses contribution of the NHS bursary.

For students not eligible the NHS bursary as stipulated by the NHS Business Services Authority: All costs associated to travelling to your placement and incidental expenses (e.g. parking) must be covered by the student.

Further information regarding the NHS Bursary for Post Graduate Social Work students can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website.

For all students, necessary mileage and other expenses incurred undertaking duties related to the placement should be reclaimed from the placement provider in accordance with their procedures, this will not affect any bursary entitlement.

If a student uses their own vehicle, they must provide valid documentation for scrutiny. This includes driving licence, current MOT (if the vehicle is more than 3 years old) and insurance certification (or letter of confirmation) covering them for business use. Students must not use their own vehicle to carry any passengers during the placement working hours unless they have appropriate insurance and appropriate risk assessments have been completed/policy has been followed. This may be subject to additional premiums which are the responsibility of the student.

If the student has access to vehicles provided by the placement provider, any specific training required to enable them to drive such vehicles and confirmation of relevant insurance cover should be arranged between the placement provider and the student. Alternative methods of transport and reimbursement of those costs should be recorded and remain the responsibility of the placement provider in line with local policy.

Parking arrangements should be explicit. The placement provider should ensure that any necessary administrative arrangements have been made (e.g. obtaining passes or automatic number plate recognition) where applicable. The University will not pay any parking, driving or emission zone fines incurred by the student whilst on placement.

Student Support

Student support offers a range of services, information, and support to make your time at university as easy as possible.